Thursday, February 15, 2018

Communiqué (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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"Are you actually going to put those cards in the mail?" her son asked incredulously.

"Yes, I am," she said, setting a stamp carefully in the corner of an envelope.

"You do know you can just send an ecard, and it's easier and it gets there just the same, only faster."

"Son, there is nothing in the world quite like getting an envelope in the mail, and knowing someone cared enough to take the time to send you a card, especially if there's a handwritten note inside."

He smirked a bit and asked, "Are you sure you don't want to just use smoke signals?"

She laughed and he quit smirking when she countered, "Are you sure you want dinner tonight?"

Linking up with Zoe's Uncharted Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Smoke. 


Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it's now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit others to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world. 

The view of a front yard fence from the door instead of the street, where i usually see it:

Our snow this year has left everyone's grass looking like this.


Today is:

American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting -- Austin, TX, US (a meeting of top scientists; who knows what these people will come up with next, because science is amazing! through the 19th)

Berlin International Film Festival -- Berlin, Germany (a premier international film festivall; through the 25th)

Candlemas -- on the Julian Calendar, and in the Orthodox Christian Churches

Decimal Day -- UK (anniversary of the 1971 currency conversion to the decimal system)

Flag Day -- Canada (Maple Leaf adopted this date 1965)

John Frum Day -- Tanna Island, Vanuatu

Kamakura Matsuri -- Yokote, Akita Prefecture, Japan (Snow Cave Festival; through tomorrow)

Kuromori Kabuki -- Kuromori, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan (traditional Kabuki, through the 17th)

Liberation Day -- Afghanistan

Lunar New Year's Eve
    Seol-nal -- South Korea (Lunar New Year Holiday begins)
    Spring Festival -- China; Taiwan (Chinese New Year's Eve, start of the festival)
    Tet Eve -- Vietnam

Lupercalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (remembrance of the she-wolf who suckled Romulus and Remus)

Miami International Boat Show -- Miami, FL, US (biggest boat show in the US, and the main event for product introductions; through Monday)

Mother's Day -- Israel (Shevat 30)

National Conference on Education -- Nashville, TN, US (three day conference sponsored by the American Assn. of School Administrators

National Gum Drop Day

Nirvana Day -- Buddhist; Jain; Sikh (regional observances may vary)

Remember the Maine Day -- US (remembrance of the Spanish War)

Simplot Games -- Holt Arena, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, US (Indoor track and field for the top high school athletes from the US and Canada; through Saturday) 

Singles Awareness Day -- although some celebrate on the 14th as an anti-Valentine's Day

Sretenje -- Serbia (National Day)

Stop and Smell Your Compost Pile Day -- snort away the winter blues and think about spring (but i think this one is just plain weird)

St. Sigfrid's Day (Patron of Sweden)

Susan B. Anthony Day -- US (birth anniversary)

Total Defense Day -- Singapore

Birthdays Today:

Amber Riley, 1986
Renee O'Connor, 1971
Jane Child, 1967
Chris Farley, 1964
Matt Groening, 1954
Melissa Manchester, 1951
Jane Seymour, 1951
Marisa Berenson, 1948
Susan Brownmiller, 1935
Adolfo, 1933
Claire Bloom, 1931
Harvey Korman, 1927
Kevin McCarthy, 1914
Irena Sendler,1910
Miep Gees, 1909 
Cesar Romero, 1907
Harold Arlen, 1905
John Barrymore, 1882
Ernest Shackleton, 1874
Alfred North Whitehead, 1861
Elihu Root, 1824
Susan B. Anthony, 1820
Charles Lewis Tiffany, 1812
Cyrus McCormick, 1809
John Augustus Sutter, 1903
Henry Engelhard Steinway, 1797
Abraham Clark, 1726
Galileo Galilei, 1564
Pedro Mememdez de Aviles, 1519
Babur, 1483 (founder of Mughal dynasty in India)
Claudius Drusus Germanicus Caesar Nero, 37 

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Come Back, Little Sheba"(Play), 1950
Cinderella(Disney cartoon film), 1950
"The Little Foxes"(Play), 1939
"An der schönen blauen Donau"(The Blue Danube)(Strauss Waltz), 1867

Today in History:

Philosopher Socrates is sentenced to death, BC399
Khosrau II is crowned as king of Persia, 590
Ho-tse Shen-hui, Zen teacher, disputes the founder of Northern Ch'an line, 732
The city of St. Louis, Missouri, is founded by Pierre Laclade Ligue as a French trading post, 1764
The first US printed ballots are authorized, in Philadelphia, 1799
Sarah Roberts is barred from attending a white school in Boston, 1848
Great Ormond St Hospital for Sick Children, London, admits its first patient, 1852
A fire in Rotterdam, Netherlands, damages the Museum Boymans, 1864
American President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, 1879
Nine inches (23cm) of snow falls on New Orleans, Louisiana, 1898
The USS Maine sinks in Havana harbor, cause unknown-258 sailors die, 1898
The first Teddy Bear is introduced in America, made by Morris and Rose Michtom, 1903
Gerald Lankester Harding and Roland de Vaux begin excavations at Cave 1 of the Qumran Caves, where they will eventually discover the first seven Dead Sea Scrolls, 1949
The Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China sign a mutual defense treaty, 1950
Canada and the United States agree to construct the Distant Early Warning Line, a system of radar stations in the far northern Arctic regions of Canada and Alaska, 1954
A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner, 1965
The decimalisation of British coinage is completed on Decimal Day, 1971
The 1976 Constitution of Cuba is adopted by the national referendum, 1976
The drilling rig Ocean Ranger sinks during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland, killing 84 rig workers, 1982
The Soviet Union officially announces that all of its troops have left Afghanistan, 1989
At the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in China, a Long March 3 rocket, carrying an Intelsat 708, crashes into a rural village after liftoff, killing an unannounced number of people, 1996
First draft of the complete Human Genome is published in Nature, 2001
YouTube, the Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States, 2005
A near-Earth asteroid, 2012 DA14, comes within 17,200 miles of the Earth's surface, a record-close approach for an object estimated at 50 meters, or 160 ft in in diameter, 2013


  1. They think we are dinosaurs! Their time will come.

  2. I love sorting through the piles of bills and junk and finding an envelope, "real" mail addressed to me. Good comeback on the dinner thing.

  3. Nice story. I love to get real mail, too bad stamps are so expensive now.

  4. If you want dinner you'll be a lot nicer. I love to get mail. Handwritten letters and notes. It's wonderful.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  5. I so agree, handwritten notes are just the best. It is fun to get them. You all have a fantastic day.

  6. lovely fance we do not any snow too.

  7. Getting mail in the mailbox is always exciting! Unless it's bills. Yuck. The mailman/woman can deliver the bills to my neighbors instead, please. ;)

  8. Great comeback to the son, the Joker.
    Good SSS. Handwritten notes and letters are not so common now. I think people are both anxious to send and receive messages and two to five days seems like forever for some, but those messages are so much more tangible and endearing.


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